Creepiest Business Card Ever
This card, advertising the engraving and printing services of one A.G. Gedney of Washington, D.C., contains about twenty hairs from the head of President Abraham Lincoln and that’s not actually the creepiest part:
Hair side reads:Cut from the head of Abraham Lincoln by Dr. Brown the Embalmer and given by him to Mr. Gedney of Washington; Cut from the vicinity of the wound.
Ew. Non-hair side reads:A.G. Gedney, Copper, Steel & Lithographic Engraving & Printing. Washington. 466 Penna. Avenue.
So, questions: why was Dr. Brown the Embalmer handing out locks of Lincoln’s hair? Did Gedney buy it? Was hair “cut from the vicinity of the wound” more expensive that non-wound-related hair? Did Gedney think Presidential Hair Business Cards (did he have more than one?) would get him more engraving business?
These are questions which demand answers!
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Rare Books Dept. Prints and Ephemera. Judd Stewart collection
Twist me! by MEJD
Bookcase TWIST ME! was born during the Summer workshop Lost & found organized by CA Flowers for Slovakia: (f4sk.com) in cooperation with Swiss furniture company Vitra. The goal of the workshop was to create hybrid ( ready mady ) that joins 2 different types of objects. On the one hand designers and students of design were supposed to work with traditional folklore items and on the other hand use newer but already discard office furniture from Vitra company. In this case it was: 1. bookbinding plough and 2. metal sheet office rack. The result is a genuine object that maintains the theme of the book. In It´s side walls there are placed aluminium bearings joint with a wooden nut from the press. By turning the nut, the inner “walls”, are brought into motion and this way they can be positioned against one another, thereby creating space for any number of books. These can be fixed by sufficient pressing and library can be carrying even without emptying the bookcase.